We come from countries in North America, Central America, Asia, Africa and Europe where we live and work among the people. In response to a call from our loving God, we give our lives to work toward achieving God’s desire for a just and peaceful world for all peoples.
In addition to writing and receiving letters from Associates in Fukushima, Japan, the Kankakee, IL Associates have raised money for our Sisters’ projects. They put announcements describing the situation in Fukushima and requesting a donation in the parishes in the Kankakee area. So far, they have received $460.00 for our Sisters’ ministries with children and other people in the area whose lives were so disrupted by the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown in Fukushima.
The Toronto Conference Planning Committee announces that the keynote speaker will be Canadian human rights activist, journalist and author, Sally Armstrong. Sally’s book, Ascent of Women (2013) shares her experience and conviction that empowering women and girls is the way forward. For more information, see www.cnwe.org
L-R Sitting: Sr. Anne Seeley, Evette Contreas, Sr. Mary Jane Hebert, Sr. Margaret Giroux L-R Middle Row: Sharon Norton, Sebastiana Leon, Baldomero Ahucatitan L-R Back Row: Magdalena Centeno, Arcadia Ramirez, Janice Amitrano, Ellen Boegel, Patricia Bramwell (guest)
During their Lenten gatherings, Associate Communities are using the booklet “Climate Change: Our Call to Conversion” provided by Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan’s Office of Peace and Justice. The picture above is of the Staten Island Community meeting in the Library of Notre Dame Academy. Items on the table represent individual’s symbol of the earth that is precious to that person. At the Wilton Associate Gathering and during the Associate community that meets by conference call, water in some form, ocean, lake, waterfall, was the symbol for many. An Associate Candidate at Wilton spoke of the Big Bang as “God’s explosion of love”. For many, the conversation was eye opening and moved them to deepen their commitment to care for the earth.
Sister Arlene Flattery OP is my counterpart for the SSND Community. In December, Arlene was part of a small group of Dominicans who went to visit the Iraqi Dominicans (Sisters, Brothers, Priests) who are ministering among the dislocated Christians in Northern Iraq. She recounted her experience in a moving presentation in Wilton. The state of the refugees within Iraq and in the surrounding countries is absolutely calamitous. Basic needs of food and shelter are largely absent as refugees are forced to constantly relocate. Iraq and its surrounding neighbors cannot address this humanitarian disaster. Arlene and the Dominicans from the United States are inviting us to join with them in these ways:
Every year March 8 marks International Women’s Day. Events are held to signal economic, political and social achievements of women around the world. We celebrate, but we continue to encourage and promote action and initiatives that recognize and advance women and women’s contribution as well as our hopes and aspirations. See www.internatioalwomensday.com
Human pressure on the resource has left a third of all soils on which food production depends degraded worldwide. A recent report states that about 65 percent of Africa's arable land is too damaged to sustain viable food production. Rattan Lal states, "Political stability, environmental quality, hunger, and poverty all have the same root. In the long run, the solution to each is restoring the most basic of all resources, the soil." See www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/ for more information. It has many short visuals and facts that capture the importance of healthy soils for healthy lives.